WANTED: Business Champions for Culture throughout Colorado!

Business leaders – this is your opportunity to share your passion, advocate for culture in your communities and use your influence for economic and social good through the arts. By working together, we can build capacity, magnify efforts and support each other. By sharing resources and best practices, we can help each other be more effective. By building relationships with each other, we can reinforce the message that culture is good for our communities, for our economies, for our schools and for our quality of life.

Who are you? You could be a creative entrepreneur, small business owner, corporate leader, elected official or a board member working to support culture in your community. You could be wondering “Where are the other people like me?” and “Why do I feel like I’m reinventing the wheel?” We can help each other!

How do we do this? CBCA’s staff will organize periodic virtual meetings of the network of Cultural Champions. We will compare notes and share insights on

  • What are the challenges and opportunites you’re experiencing as you advocate for the role of culture in your community?
  • How can we help each other?
  • What tools and resources can we share or create?
  • What issues and needs extend across multiple communities to become regional or state-wide priorities?
  • What are the success stories that we can share, model and build on?
  • What is your vision for arts and culture in your community and how can we best support you in realizing it?
  • How can we advance social justice and equity in and through the arts?

How can we plug in? CBCA staff and board members can help Champions connect to resources from organizations such as Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA), Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), as well as CBCA member companies. We can also leverage the resources of Americans for the Arts’ Private Sector Council Network and Arts Action Network. We can help you tell the story of the impact culture has in your community and region.

How can we build partnerships? We look forward to building relationships in person as well as virtually. That may take the form of one-on-one dialogues, “cohort gatherings” at events like the Creative Industries Summit, public presentations and town hall meetings, or regional workshops together to address issues that you believe are important in your community.  CBCA staff is here to help coordinate events, facilitate connections, and leverage resources to maximize our collective impact and business leadership in support of the arts.

Interested in being part of the Colorado Cultural Champions? Submit an application for more information.

Questions? Contact main@cbca.org to learn more.